David Frederick Sr. was born on April 4, 1801 in Rockland Township, Berks County, PA, the son of George "Adam" and Sarah (Meinder) Friedrich.
He married Rebecca Margaretha "Margaret" Mest (1803-1880), daughter of George Heinrich and Eva Catharina (Mayer) Mest.
Their five known children were Esther Romig, Rebecca Hilbert, David Frederick Jr., Reuben Frederick and Joseph M. Frederick, born between 1828 and 1843.
The Fredericks were farmers made their home next to David's parents in Rockland Township. In 1850, the U.S. census shows that David had an estate valued at $4,000. By 1860, David had become an inn keeper in District Township, with son David Jr. laboring as a carpenter.
David died on Feb. 23, 1866 in Berks County. Burial was in the New Jerusalem Church in Rockland Township. [Find-a-Grave]
Rebecca outlived him by 14 years. She died on Aug. 8, 1880.
~ Daughter Esther (Frederick) Romig ~
Daughter Esther Frederick (1826-1870) was born on April 11, 1827.
At the age of 23, in 1850, she was unmarried and lived at home with her parents.
Eventually Esther wedded farmer John R. "J.R." Romig (1824-1872), son of John and Maria (Rohrbach) Romig of Berks County.
The known children born to this union were David Alfred Romig, John H. Romig, Rebecca Moyer, Cassy Ann Romig, Joseph Romig, Esther Romig and Moses Romig.
The couple dwelled in Longswamp Township, Berks County, as shown in the federal census enumeration of 1860. Grief blanketed the family in 1862 when son Joseph passed away at the age of seven months and nine days.
Esther died on Jan. 28, 1870 at the age of 43. Burial was in Huff's Church Cemetery. Her grave marker was inscribed in the German language. [Find-a-Grave]
The 1870 United States Census shows the 46-year-old widower John heading a farmer's household in Longswamp Township.
John only outlived his bride by two years. He joined her in death in 1872.
Son David Alfred Romig (1852-1927) was born on April 4, 1852 (or Oct. 1851) in Berks County. He appears to have married twice. His first bride was Eliza Ann "Lizy" Smith (Jan. 6, 1855-1893), daughter of Jacob and Sarah Anna (Liess) Schmidt/Smith. Eliza Ann could neither read nor write. The federal census enumeration of 1880 shows the Romigs in Rockland Township, Berks County, with David working as a laborer. Their known children were Elizabeth "Lizzie" Miller, Sarah H. Romig, Calvin Romig, Mary Anna Keiser Fenstermacher and Albert S. Romig. David learned the carpentry trade and was employed in the shops of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. He remained with the company until his retirement. Circa 1883, at the birth of their daughter Mary Anna, the family was in Bechtelsville, Berks County. Grief swept over the family when Eliza Ann passed away at the age of 38 on Aug. 28, 1893. Burial of the remains was in the Union Cemetery of Bowers, Berks County. David remained a widow for seven years and dwelled at 823 Mulberry Street. During those year of mourning, Hannah (Hilbert) Fenstermacher (Feb. 25, 1854-1923) moved into his home and functioned as a housekeeper. David and Hannah decided to marry, and did so on July 28, 1900, when he was age 48 and she 46. In covering the wedding, the Reading Times reported that the ceremony was held in the residence of Rev. J.P. Stein and that the "bride wore a lavender dress." Hannah was the daughter of Abraham and Christine (Yoder) Hilbert and widow of Alfred Fenstermacher. Offspring from the first marriage who thus became David's stepchildren were Irvin Hilbert Fenstermacher, Catherine E. "Katie" Wise Gauker, Solon Fenstermacher and Irvin Fenstermacher. David was a member of St. Thomas Reformed Church and the International Order of Odd Fellows. The couple's address in the early 1920s remained 826 Mulberry Street in Reading. Sadly, Hannah contracted pneumonia and died after several days on Dec. 12, 1923, at the age of 69. Her remains were lowered into eternal sleep in Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading. The widowed David suffered during the last five years of his life from hardening of the arteries, a benign tumor in his prostate and increasing failure of the kidneys. As his health declined, he was admitted to St. Joseph Hospital in Reading, where he underwent a clinical operation. There, death carried him away on May 3, 1927. Burial was with his first wife in Bowers Cemetery, with son Albert Romig signing the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. An obituary was printed in the Reading Times.
Son John H. Romig (1854-1929) was born on June 11, 1854 in Longswamp Township, Berks County. He was united in marriage with Hannah Louvesia "Louisa" Reinert (Feb. 2, 1851-1933), a native of Lyons, PA and the daughter of John and Rebecca (Johnson) Reinert. The couple produced these known offspring -- Alice Lessig, Calvin S. Romig, Laura Fegely, John Frederick Romig and Elda Grim. John labored as a stone mason in Longswamp in 1880, as shown by census records. They resided circa 1909 in Lyons, Maxatawny Township, Berks County. John made a living over the years as a plasterer and cement contractor. In about 1915, he became proprietor of a restaurant in Lyons, where he spent the remaining dozen years of his life. The Romigs were members of the Lutheran congregation of the church in Bowers. Sadly, John was burdened with heart valve disease and died at home from sudden "apoplexy of heart" at the age of 74 on March 2, 1929. His obituary was printed in the Reading Times. Burial of the remains was in Lyons Cemetery. Hannah lived for another four years and moved in with her married son Calvin in Downingtown. For the last 13 months and 15 days, reported the Allentown Morning Call, she was bedfast. She succumbed to death at the age of 82 on June 15, 1933. She was survived by a dozen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in her son Calvin's home followed by additional services at Bowers Lutheran Church. Interment of the remains was in Lyons Cemetery.
Daughter Rebecca Romig (1856-1942) was born on Sept. 3, 1856. Rendered motherless at the age of 13 in 1870, she took over the family's house-keeping duties. She married a distant step-cousin, William Moyer Conrad (Jan. 5, 1846-1928), son of Elijah/Elias Conrad and stepson of Marietta (Wetzel) Conrad. See their biography for more.
Daughter Cassy Ann Romig (1859- ? ) was born on Feb. 7, 1859. Her date of death is unknown, but she rests for all time in Huff's Church Cemetery. She was deceased by 1927, and may have died in childhood..
Daughter Esther Romig (1864- ? ) was born in about 1864 in Berks County. As a girl, she lived on the family farm in Longswamp Township. She was deceased by 1927.
Son Moses C. Romig (1866-1940) was born on June 7, 1866 in Berks County. He was three years of age when his mother passed away and six when his father died. The boy was taken in by an uncle and aunt, John and Kate Geist, and raised in their home in Longswamp Township. At the age of 13, in 1880, Moses was shown in the Geist household, laboring as a "Hired Man." That same year, in September 1880, "John H. Geist" was appointed Moses' legal guardian in proceedings of Berks County Court. As an adult, Moses joined the Muhlenberg Lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows. He was united in matrimony with Emma L. Kline (Aug. 12, 1872-1946), daughter of Aaron and Marian (Johnson) Kline. Their only known son was Walter K. Romig. As with his brother John, Moses earned a living as a plaster and contractor. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge in Reading. In 1929, at the death of his older brother John, he was named in the Allentown Morning Call obituary. The couple's address in the 1920s and '30s was with their son at 413 North 11th Street. Stricken with prostate cancer, chronic heart disease and an enlarged heart, Moses succumbed to death in Reading Hospital on Feb. 27, 1940. Burial was in Laureldale Cemetery. Emma survived another six years and moved into the home of Mrs. Willliam Lenhart at 1114 Greenwich Street. Burdened with cancer in her gastro-intestinal tract, Emma passed on June 11, 1946, at the age of 73.
~ Daughter Rebecca (Frederick) Hilbert ~
Daughter Rebecca Frederick (1830-1871) was born on March 19, 1830 in Berks County.
She wed William Hilbert (Jan. 23, 1827-1911), son of Johannes "John" and Elizabeth (Angstadt) Hilbert of Rockland Township, Berks County. They were farmers, making their home in Rockland.
The couple produced these known children -- David Hilbert, Emaline Stimmel, Elizabeth Hilbert, William F. Hilbert, Mary "Polly" Angstadt, Jairus F. Hilbert, Sarah Frederick, Hannah Hilbert and Katie Hilbert.
When the federal census was taken in 1860, the family resided next door to William's parents in Rockland Township, with 34-year-old William working as a farmer, and 24-year-old tenant John Hilbert earning a living as a day laborer. They also provided a home that year for 14-year-old Franklin Barto, connection unknown. In 1870, still in Lyons, Rockland Township, William and his son William worked together on the family farm.
Rebecca passed away at the untimely age of 41 on April 12, 1871 in Dryville, Berks County. Interment was in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]
William survived her by 40 years, and remarried to Mary (Noll) Rohrbach ( ? - ? ), widow of Isaac Jung Rohrback and the daughter of William and Mary (Rohrbach) Noll. She brought three offspring to the second union -- Missouri Barto, Hannah Noll Mathias and Margaret Miller. He was a member of the Lutheran congregation of the New Jerusalem Church and gave his time as an elder and deacon as well as a member of the church cemetery board.
The family grieved at the untimely deaths of young married daughters Emaline Stimmel (1874) and Elizabeth Angstadt (1875), and son-in-law Jairus "Jared" Angstadt in 1879. As William's granddaughter Rebecca Angstadt was now an orphan, he was named her legal guardian in Berks County Court proceedings in December 1879.
Suffering from senile disability spanning several months of time, he died in Dryville on Jan. 21, 1911, just two days shy of his 84th birthday. After the completion of funeral services led by Rev. William F. Bond, the remains were placed into eternal rest beside Rebecca's in the New Jerusalem Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Reading Times, which said he had been "a lifelong resident of this vicinity" and had "lived on the farm which is at present occupied by his son, William F. Hilbert, at which place his former wife, Rebecca (nee Frederick), died."
Son David Hilbert ( ? - ? ) died young. His mortal remains are in eternal repose in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery.
Daughter Emaline "Emma" Hilbert (1851-1874) was born in about 1851. When she was about 18 years of age, circa 1869, she married Samuel G. Stimmel (Feb. 12, 1849-1924), son of Isaac and Saloma (Guinther) Stimmel. The couple were the parents of two sons, Oscar H. Stimmel and Harry H. Stimmel. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1870, the young family lived in Rockland Township, Berks County, with Samuel earning a living as a laborer. The specter of grief shrouded the family when Emeline died in April 1874, ending their marriage which had endured for five short years. Burial was in New Jerusalem Union Church Cemetery, with a marker erected at the grave, inscribed in German. [Find-a-Grave] By 1880, Samuel had remarried to Savannah Louisa Hilbert (Nov. 1863- ? ), who was 13 to 14 years younger. The 1880 U.S. Census of Rockland shows 30-year-old Samuel with the occupation of shoemaker, 16-year-old Savannah and 10-year-old son Oscar, who was working that year as a laborer. The second marriage produced four children -- William I. Stimmel, Emma S. Stimmel (born 1881), Eva S. DeLong (1885) and Herbach/Herbert C. Stimmel (1886). The Stimmels dwelled in Ruscombmanor Township in 1910, with census records showing Samuel working as a truck farmer. Their address in the early 1920s was at 202 South Lehigh Avenue in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County. Samuel lived to the age of 74. He traveled to spend the Christmas holidays at the home of his daughter Eva S. DeLong of Mountainville, but suffered a stroke shortly after arriving. Within the week, he died, three days after Christmas 1924. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call reported that he was "formerly of Oley, Pa., but now of Reading." Eva Delong signed the death certificate. His bones are interred in Fairview Cemetery in Allentown. Of his sons from the second union, William lived in East St. Louis and Herbert in Bowling Green, OH, both circa 1924, and by 1943 were "both in the western part of the United States," noted the Morning Call.
Daughter Elizabeth Hilbert (1852-1875) was born on New Year's Eve 1852. She wedded Jairus Y. "Jared" Angstadt (April 17, 1849-1879). The only known child born to this union was Rebecca H. Funk Hinkle. Tragically, their marriage was not destined for long. At the age of 22 years and two days, on Jan. 3, 1875, Elizabeth was cut away by the Grim Reaper. Her body was laid to rest in New Jerusalem Union Church Cemetery. A marker was set at the grave, with the text inscribed in German. [Find-a-Grave] Jairus only survived her by four years and wedded a second time to Vilanda Bortz (1856-1920). The couple lived in ockland Township and produced a son of their own, Martin B. Angstadt. Further heartbreak compounded the grief when Jairus entered eternity on May 4, 1879, when he was only 30 years of age. He too rests in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery, with his grave marker written in English. An epitaph at the base of his marker bears a familiar text: "Remember me as you pass by. As you are now, once was I. As I am now, soon you must be; Prepare for death and follow me." As both of his children were fatherless, and one an orphan, the county court appointed guardians. Rebecca's grandfather William Hilbert was named as hers', and Martin's grandfather Simon Bortz was named as his, with the appointments published in the Reading Times.
Son William H.F. Hilbert (1855-1931) was born on Jan. 27, 1855. William married Catharine A. Moyer (1855-1931), daughter of John and Sarah (Angstad) Moyer. The couple produced a family of offspring -- Sallie Hilbert, Agnes M. DeLong, Rebecca Youse, Charles Hilbert, Sylvester M. Hilbert, Amanda DeLong, Eva M. Reinert and Sarah M. "Sadie" Hilbert. Sadly, daughter Sallie died at the age of six on Jan. 5, 1881, with the remains buried in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery. The Hilberts were farmers and lived on his father's farm near New Jerusalem, Rockland Township in 1908, and in Mertztown, Rockland Township in retirement in the early 1930s. They were members of the Lutheran congregation of the New Jerusalem Union Church. The family was plunged into grief in April 1912 when their youngest daughter Sadie died after contracting influenza and pneumonia. William suffered for 14 years from painful chronic rheumatic arthritis. Just two weeks before what would have been his 76th birthday, William suffered a stroke and died in the Dryville residence of his son Charles on Jan. 13, 1931. Burial was in the New Jerusalem Church Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Reading Times and Allentown Morning Call. Charles Hilbert of Mertztown was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Catharine only survived her husband by seven months. She died in Boyertown, Berks County on Aug. 18, 1931, also of a stroke, at the age of 75. She joined her husband in repose at New Jerusalem Cemetery. Sylvester Hilbert of Boyertown provided personal details for her death certificate.
Daughter Mary Rebecca "Polly Rebecca" Hilbert (1856-1927) was born on Nov. 16, 1856. On March 10, 1877, when she was 20 years of age, Polly Rebecca was united in the bonds of holy matrimony married Rolandus Y. Angstadt (June 17, 1854-1930) -- also spelled "Orlandus" - "Rolandes" - and Rolando -- the son of Benjamin and Dora (Yoder) Angstadt. Their brood of six offspring were Irvin H. Angstadt, Sylvanus Angstadt, Katie Scherer Deysher, William Angstadt, Clayton H. Angstadt and Florence Heere. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, the Angstadts dwelled in New Jerusalem, Berks County, with Rolandus earning a living as a laborer. By 1900, the family had relocated to the western section of Oley Township, where his occupation was farm laborer. In 1908-1999, the couple resided near Boyertown, Douglass Township, a municipality on the Berks/Lehigh County border. When her father died in 1911, Polly and her siblings each received a bequest from the estate in the amount of $451.90. For the last two years of her life, she bore chronic heart valve disease and gastritis. When she contracted a low grade case of pneumonia and a cold in mid-December 1927, Polly suffered for 10 days before passing into eternal glory three days after Christmas in 1927. Interment of the remains was in Fairview Cemetery in Boyertown. The widowed Rolandus lived for another two years, making his home with his daughter-in-law Florence Heere in Colebrookdale Township, Berks County. He was burdened with hardening of the arteries and, on Jan. 8, 1930, died suddenly after a stroke, at the age of 75. Son Clayton H. Angstadt of Boyertown was the informant for the Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Great-granddaughter Katie Rebecca W. Angstadt (1903-1952) was born on June 5, 1903 in Washington Township, Berks County. As a young woman she made a home at Landis Store. In mid-August 1913, when she was 17 years of age, Katie wedded 21-year-old Henry M. Dierolf ( ? - ? ), a resident of Oley and the son of George A. and Rose Dierolf. Rev. W.H. Warmkessel presided at the wedding, held in the parsonage of Hope Lutheran Church. News of their marriage was printed in the Reading Times. The pair made a home in rural Pike Township, with the post office of Oley. Circa 1928, they were laborers on the farm of Frederick Roscher, but resigned and moved into the home of Henry's father. Heartache shattered the family unit when Katie developed growths on her ovaries, which led to peritonitis and a septic infection. She was treated at St. Joseph Hospital and, after a stay of five weeks, died at the age of 49 on July 24, 1952. Burial of the remains was in Hill Church Cemetery, Pike Township.
Great-granddaughter Eva Angstadt married Harold K. Bechtel and lived in New Berlinsville in 1952.
Great-grandson Harvey Angstadt
Great-grandson Russell C. Angstadt relocated to North Carolina, making a home in 1965 in Greenville.
Great-granddaughter Leona A. Angstadt wedded Lawrence M. Miller and lived in Drexel Hill, PA.
Great-granddaughter Edna M. Angstadt ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In young adulthood, she studied at Stoner's Business School in Reading. Then on Sept. 13, 1930, in nuptials held at St. John's Reformed Church in Reading, she married Harold F. Hafer ( ? - ? ), son of B. Frank Hafer. At the time of marriage, Harold had received his undergraduate degree at Franklin and Marshall College (1929) and was enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Lancaster County, PA. News of their pending wedding was printed in the Reading Times. They were the parents of Betty Jeanne Hafer. Harold graduated from the seminary with a bachelor of divinity degree in May 1922. Circa 1933, he was pastor of a church in Ridgley, MD, and was guest speaker in Boyertown at the 114th anniversary of the International Order of Odd Fellows.
Great-granddaughter Virginia Heere (1917-1997) married William I. Sands. In the late 1950s, they made a home in Boyertown.
Great-grandson Hasting Heere Jr. served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War. He dwelled in Lititz, PA in 1958.
Son Jairus F. Hilbert (1858-1939) -- also known as "Jeremiah," and sometimes misspelled as"James" and "Jaires" -- was born on Sept. 12, 1858 in New Jerusalem. For many years, starting in about 1886, he dwelled in Pottstown, Montgomery County. Jairus earned a living for 52 years as a harness maker and retired in 1937. He married Emma Seidel (1864-1941), a native of Alsace, Berks County and the daughter of Benjamin and Rebecca Seidel. The three known offspring born to this union were Charles S. Hilbert, Gertrude S. Hilbert and Mayme Kleinspehn. In the 1930s, they made their residence at 109 High Street in Pottstown. Afflicted with heart and kidney disease, Jairus died at the age of 81 on Nov. 27, 1939. His remains were placed in eternal repose in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Chester County, PA. Charles S. Hilbert of Pottstown signed the death certificate. Herself suffering from kidney and heart problems, Emma only outlived her husband by two years. Her health declined, and she passed on Sept. 12, 1941. She rests beside her husband.
Daughter Sarah F. Hilbert (1863-1908) was born on March 24, 1863 in Rockland Township. She married Mahlon B. Frederick (1860-1945), son of Daniel and Susanna (Breidegam) Frederick. (The two families were close, and Sarah's sister Hannah married Mahlon's brother Ambrose.) In about 1888, Sarah and Mahlon relocated to Reading, and remained there for the rest of their lives, in Mahlon's case, for nearly 60 years. The couple had these children -- Annie Knoll High, Essie Dearolt (or "Dierolf"), Sarah "Sadie" Knoll, Edith Bortz and Charles Henry Fredericks. They made their home at 319 Pear Street and were members of St. Luke Lutheran Church. At the age of 45, on Aug. 1, 1908, having suffered for four months from cancer of the stomach and transverse colon, she passed away. Burial was in the Charles Evans Cemetery. An obituary appeared on the front page of the same day's edition of the Reading Eagle. Mahlon survived as a widower for 37 years. He resided at 234 Read Street in Reading, and worked for many years as a linesman and foreman with Bell Telephone Company. Suffering from heart degeneration, hardening of the arteries and other health problems, he died 16 days after his 85th birthday on Sept. 21, 1945. Interment was in Charles Evans Cemetery. Daughter Annie (Mrs. Charles W. Knoll) signed his Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Daughter Hannah Hilbert (1866-1939) was born on Oct. 31, 1866 in Rockland Township, Berks County. On Aug. 16, 1890, when she was age 28 and he 25, Hannah married a presumed cousin, Ambrose Frederick (1865-1926), son of Daniel and Lucian "Lucy" (Breidegam) Frederick. Rev. F.K. Heintzinger officiated under the auspices of the Lutheran Church. At the time, Ambrose was employed as a lineman and lived at 203 North 10th Street in Reading. Of their children, four are known -- Maude Brown, Elmer Frederick, Earl Hilbert Frederick and Ralph H. Frederick. Ambrose continued his employment as a lineman for the rest of his life. In later years, their home was at 736 North 11th Street in Reading. At the age of 60, afflicted with coronary disease and hardening of the arteries, he died on Jan. 18, 1926. His remains were buried at Charles Evans Cemetery. Son Elmer Frederick signed the death certificate. Hannah remained in their home during her 13 years as a widow. She was named in the 1931 Reading Times obituary of her brother William. Just five days before Christmas 1939, at the age of 73, she expired due to respiratory paralysis and cerebral thrombosis. Burial was with her husband in Charles Evans Cemetery. Signing her official death certificate was Bertha Schoen.
Daughter Katie Hilbert (1870- ? ) was born in June 1870 in Lyons, Berks County. She was deceased by 1911, and her fate is shrouded by the misty haze of the past.
~ Son David Frederick ~
Son David Frederick Jr. (1833-1893) was born on April 5, 1833 in Berks County. He was a carpenter, and in 1860 lived with his parents at about the age of 24.
David was joined in marriage in the early 1860s with Amelia Heist (Jan. 27, 1844-1923), daughter of Jacob and Maria (Youse) Heist.
Their one known son was William Frederick.
In 1876, his farm was labeled in his name in a map of the township, published in the Atlas of Berks County.
David passed away two days after his 60th birthday on April 12, 1893. His remains were lowered into the soil of New Jerusalem Church Cemetery. A one-paragraph obituary in the Reading Times said that he was "a well-known citizen of Rockland [and had] died of consumption. He retired from farming a year ago and lived near Fredericksburg. His widow and one son survive." Inscribed on his grave marker was the Bible verse reference Psalm 17:18. The verse reads (King James Version): "Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips."
After his death, daughter-in-law Louisa Frederick sought compensation from the estate for $285 in back wages for work done for him over the previous four years, perhaps in a nursing capacity. Amelia gave testimony, and a referee ruled that there were no grounds to award any payment. The case was reported in the Reading Times.
Amelia lived to the age of 79. She suffered repeated strokes and passed away on June 18, 1923, with interment in New Jerusalem. Amos Breidigam of Mertztown was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Son William Frederick (1865-1894) was born on March 14, 1865 in Berks County. At the age of 22, in 1887, he was united in holy matrimony with Louisa DeLong (April 24, 1863-1948). Their only known son was Jonathan Frederick, born in 1892. Sadly, at the age of 29, William was ravaged by tuberculosis and swept away by the Grim Reaper on Oct. 25, 1894. The next day, their young son, said by the Allentown Democrat to be "a bright little lad," also died from what was called "summer complaint" -- acute diarrhea. Father and son were placed together in one casket and lowered into eternal repose in Rauch Hertzog Cemetery in Huff's Church, Berks County. Rev. D.K. Humbert, of Bower's Station, preached the double funeral. The Democrat said that the funeral "attracted a very large number of people." Louise somehow managed to recover from the tragic loss of husband and son and lived for another half-century. On March 24, 1899, she married her second spouse, widower David Benjamin K. Moyer (1856-1939), son of Isaac and Maria (Kline) Moyer of Longswamp Township, Berks County. He had been married before to her cousin Talara S. Frederick (1849-1894) and brought six known children to the second union -- Alue Moyer, Carolina Schollenberger, Clara F. Boone, Annie Torinda Moyer, Edwin Moyer and Calvin F. Moyer. The couple did not reproduce. They were members of the Lutheran wing of Huff's Church. Sadly, David passed away on July 15, 1939 at their home at Henningsville near Alburtis, Lehigh County. Rev. James N. Blatt of Old Zionsville officiated at the funeral, held at Huff's Church, with burial in the church cemetery.Widowed for a second time, Louise survived for another nine years. On Sept. 5, 1948, at the age of 85, she succumbed in Allentown. She is buried at Huff's Church.
~ Son Reuben Frederick ~
Son Reuben Frederick (1839- ? ) was born in about 1839 or 1841.
Unmarried at the age of 19, in 1860, he resided with his parents in District Township, Berks County.
His fate is lost to us for now.
~ Son Joseph Frederick ~
Son Joseph M. Frederick (1846-1907) was born on April 22, 1842 or May 16, 1846 in Berks County. (Records differ.)
Joseph was married twice. His first bride was Hannah Rothermel "Annie" Heffner (1848-1881). They were wed on Nov. 16, 1867, when he was age 21 and she 19.
The couple produced these seven known children -- Oscar Frederick, Joseph H. Frederick, Hannah Ellen Moyer, Ida Nora Drey, Emma Veda Miller, Sarah L. Bieber and Charles Heffner Frederick.
They dwelled on a farm in Dryville, Rockland Township. Grief blanketed the family when infant son Oscar died at the age of one on Oct. 4, 1869.
Tragically, in July 1881, the 33-year-old Hannah died an accidental and painful death. Said the Reading Times, she "climbed a tree and while standing on a limb, it broke, precipitating her to the ground, a distance of only about eight feet. In falling she sustained a compound fracture of the right arm at the wrist; she died from the effects of the accident" later that week, on or about July 15, 1881.
Joseph lived for another four decades and made his residence on a farm in Rockland.
He married his second wife, Susanna Heffner (Dec. 16, 1856-1899).
They bore six more children of their own -- Agnes H. Frederick, David H. Frederick, Katie H. Frederick, Cora H. Frederick, Elsie H. Frederick and Annie M. Ott. The Fredericks lived in Richmond Township, Berks County circa 1884 when their daughter Agnes was born.
Joseph became widowed a second time when Susanna passed away at age 42 on Aug. 23, 1899. Burial was in New Jersusalem Cemetery in Fleetwood, Berks County.
He lived alone for another eight years. At the age of 65, he died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Berks County on May 25, 1907. His remains were lowered into rest at the New Jerusalem Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] Daughter Agnes Frederick, of New Jerusalem, was the informant for the death certificate. Amos F. Breidigam and David H. Frederick served as co-administrators of the estate. Since the youngest three children Cora, Elsie and Annie were legally underage, the Pennsylvania Trust Company was assigned as their guardian. News of the estate was published periodically in the Times.
Son Joseph H. Frederick (1869-1903) was born on April 6, 1869 in Rockland Township, Berks County. He was wedded twice. In June 1888, he married his first bride, Catharine Temillia Brintzenhoff (Nov. 23, 1873-1893), daughter of Frank H. and Sarah Elizabeth (Kutz) Brintzenhoff of Dryville, Berks County. During their brief lives together, the couple were the parents of two children -- a son and Vesta Ida Victoria Schade. They were members of the Dryville Union Sunday School. Sadly, Catharine became ill in the spring of 1891 but seemed to recover by late summer. Then in the spring of 1893, she came down with tuberculosis and went to her parents' home for nursing care. Another recovery was not to be. She died at age 19 years, six months on May 23, 1893. Burial was in Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dryville, with an obituary printed in the Reading Times. Joseph spent the next two years as a widower. In 1895, he was joined in wedlock with his second spouse, Caroline (Frey) Fox (March 10, 1856-1911), daughter of Jacob and Catharine (Herzog) Frey of Longswamp Township. They had a daughter of their own, Katie Henning. At the age of 33, Joseph contracted typhoid fever and tried to recuperate at his home in Fredericksville. Unable to recover, he died in late May or early June 1903. An obituary was published in the Times, which said he was "survived by his wife, father, two brothers, three sisters and several step-sisters." Caroline outlived her husband by eight years with an address of 1635 Moss Street. Suffering from fibroids and cysts in her ovaries, she underwent surgery in St. Joseph's Hospital in Reading. She went into post-operative shock and succumbed on Nov. 12, 1911 at the age of 55. Funeral services were held at her home, led by Rev. W.H. Warmkessel. Said the Times, "The body was attired in a black silk dress and rested in a square oak casket. The body was shipped on a special car to Lyon's Station and further services were held in New Jerusalem." Burial was in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery. Jacob Watson of the home signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Daughter Hannah "Ellen" Frederick (1872-1948) was born on Oct. 5, 1872 in Rockland Township, Berks County. In 1894, when she was about 21 or 22 years old, she married 24-year-old Wilson R. Moyer (Sept. 1869-1932). News of their wedding was printed in the Reading Times. They bore four known children -- William Oscar Moyer, Eva Vada Griffith and Harvey Reuben Moyer plus one who died young. The federal census enumeration of 1900 shows the family in District Township, Berks County, with Wilson earning a living as a farm laborer. The family made a home at 205 Schuylkill Avenue in 1919 and in 1932 in Drysville. On July 17, 1932, Wilson was visiting his married daughter Eva Griffith and her husband Chester in Staten Island, NY, when he succumbed to death in their home at the age of 62. An obituary in the Times noted that sons William and Harvey were living near Boyertown and that he also was survived by sisters Mrs. Edwin Romig, Mrs. John Reese and Mrs. Jacob Wentzel. In about 1945, Ellen moved to a new home in rural Kutztown, Berks County. She suffered a heart attack and succumbed at the age of 75 on May 18, 1948. Son Harvey of Kutztown signed the death certificate, and burial was in New Jerusalem Cemetery.
Great-grandson Nevin H. "Romeo" Moyer (1937-2011) was born on Sept. 17, 1937 in Longswamp Township, Berks County. He married Helen M. Danner ( ? -2007). They produced four sons -- Curtis L. Moyer, William C. Moyer, Robert C. Moyer and Leon E. Moyer. The family lived in Mertztown in 1982 and later in Maxatawny Township. Following his father's occupation in trucking, Nevin drove for Jesse Kroninger Trucking in Dryville from 1961 to 1977. He then joined the Wire Division of East Penn Manufacturing Company, in Lyon Station, where he worked for 22 years until retirement, from 1977 to 1999. In his free time, Nevin belonged to the rod and gun clubs of Kutztown, Mertztown and Strasstown and the Fogelsville Fire Company. Sadly, Helen passed into eternity on Dec. 7, 2007. Nevin outlived her by four years. As his health declined, he was admitted in March 2011 to Lehigh Valley Hospital. He died there just nine days later, at age 73, on April 8, 2011. His obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call.
Great-grandson John C. Moyer established a home in East Greenville, Montgomery County and was there for decades. He was deceased by 2011.
Great-grandson David C. Moyer married Katherine Kline. They initially put down roots in Palm, PA, and then in 2000-2011 were in Alburtis, Lehigh County.
Great-grandson George J. Moyer was united in matrimonial bonds with Beth. They resided in Douglassville, PA circa 1982 and Alburtis circa 2011.
Great-granddaughter Shirley Moyer wedded (?) Moll. She dwelled in 1982 in Allentown. Later, by 2000, she married Paul Edleman and relocated to Macungie, Lehigh County.
Great-granddaughter Pauline Moyer was united in matrimony with Donald Strauss. They maintained a residence in Hellertown.
Great-granddaughter Betty J. Moyer married (?) Rothrock. Circa 1982, she lived in Bingen, PA. By 2000, she had moved to Allentown and then in 2011 was in Wescosville.
Great-granddaughter Sarah M. Moyer was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Samuel Unger. They lived in Slatington, PA circa 1982-2000 and in Orefield, PA in 2011..
Great-granddaughter Cindy Moyer wedded Garry Hillegass. They resided with Cindy's parents in 1982 and in Hellertown in 2011.
Great-grandson Charles W. Moyer ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2000.
Great-grandson Raymond P. Moyer ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2000.
Great-granddaughter Susan Moyer made a home with her parents in 1982 and then with her sister Pauline Strauss in Hellertown in 2000. She was deceased by 2011.
Daughter Ida Nora Frederick (1874-1959) was born on Oct. 13, 1874 in Rockland Township, Berks County. When she was 29 years of age, in about 1902, she wedded 23-year-old William W. Drey (March 30, 1881-1961), also spelled "Dry," a native of Fleetwood, Berks County and the son of Nicholas and Catharine Sevilla (Weidner) Drey. The couple were farmers and made a home in Fleetwood (circa 1926), Rockland Township (1930), Mertztown and again in Fleetwood (1957). They produced these known children -- Edna Mae Noll, Charles Frederick Drey, Elsie Margaret Boyer, Carrie Ann Breidigam, Lester F. Drey and Dorothy Georgine Keller. While driving in their automobile in early October 1928, Ida and William and their daughter Dorothy were nearly killed "when their machine upset," said the Reading Times. "Mr. Drey sustained internal injuries, while the others are suffering from shock." Grief swept over the family on March 6, 1942 when their married son Lester, employed as a guard, died in a coma at the age of 28, having been stricken with chronic kidney and hypertension. William died at the age of 79 on March 21, 1961. The Grim Reaper cut her away at the age of 84 on March 7, 1959. They are interred in Christ Mertz Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dryville, Berks County.
Great-grandson Dennis Lester Drey (1934-1993) was born in 1934.
Great-grandson K. Allen Keller lived in Cleona, Lebanon County, PA.
Great-grandson Ricky L. Keller relocated to State College, Centre County, PA.
Great-granddaughter Judith A. Keller married Larry O'Neil and established a home in Birdsboro, Berks County.
Great-granddaughter Elaine F. Keller wedded Dennis Becker. They dwelled in Fleetwood in 1978.
Daughter Emma Veda Frederick (1876-1970) was born in about 1876 in Rockland Township, Berks County. Two sources give her maiden name as "Kelchner." She would have been five years of age at the death of her mother. She was wedded to Sylvester H. Miller (Oct. 6, 1885-1940), son of Alvin H.S. and Catherine (Eck) Miller. The couple did not reproduce. Sylvester worked as a molder for a dozen years in the employ of Topton Foundry Company. He belonged to the Moulders Union and the Kutztown lodge of the Moose. Sylvester died at the age of 54 on Feb. 5, 1940. Interment was in St. Paul's Union Cemetery in Mertztown, with Rev. W.S. Dry officiating, and an obituary printed in the Allentown Morning Call. Emma lived for another three decades as a widow. She passed into eternity on Jan. 19, 1970. Her story needs to be confirmed, but it is known that her brother Rev. David H. Frederick claimed her as a half-sister.
Daughter Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" Frederick (1878-1956) was born on Sept. 5, 1878 in Rockland Township, Berks County. In about 1904, the 26-year-old married Dewalt K. Bieber (July 18, 1878-1956), son of Abraham and Mary (Keller) Bieber of Oley Township. His name also has been spelled "Dewaldt." They were longtime farmers. Their home in the 1950s was at 3312 Rosedale Avenue in Laureldale, Berks County. Sarah was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in about 1950-1951. She suffered heart failure and contracted bladder cancer and died at the age of 78 on Oct. 17, 1956 in Laureldale, Berks County. She rests in Friedens Church Cemetery in Oley, Berks County. After her death, Dewalt became malnourished and was admitted to Berks County Hospital, where he died less than a month after her on Nov. 15, 1956. Anna Merkel of Lyons, PA was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Friedens Cemetery in Oley
Son Charles Heffner Frederick (1881-1963) was born on April 3, 1881 in Lyons, Rockland Township, Berks County. He appears to have been married thrice. His first wife was Clara Alice Heist (1876-1946), daughter of Israel and Sallie (Kramer) Heist of New Jerusalem. News of their marriage license was printed in the Reading Times. They bore three offspring -- Paul Frederick, Martha S. Merkle and Mabel Sallie Gregro. On Sept. 6, 1903, the couple separated, with Charles moving out. Clara later claimed that he had "left for parts unknown and since that time ... has not [been] heard from..." Charles relocated to Willard, Huron County, OH, where in about 1906 he secured work for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. In 1909, he married his second bride, Mary Ann Houck (July 2, 1876-1946), a native of Milan, OH and the daughter of Andrew and Clara (Kisler) Houck. Two sons were born to this union -- Walter E. Frederick and Charles D. Frederick. Back in Reading, former wife Clara sued for divorce in Berks County Court, with a recommendation made by a divorce master in March 1914 that the divorce be granted. Charles joined the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and retired as an engineer in 1951, having been employed by the B&O for 45 years. Heartbreak blanketed the Fredericks when Mary Ann died on March 22, 1946, at the age of 69, as a patient in Willard Municipal Hospital. Her remains were lowered into eternal rest in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Huron County. Charles later married a second time to Marguerite Linder (1902-1984). The family address in the early 1960s was 414 Park Street. Charles was a member of the local lodge of the Eagles, and the family belonged to the Trinity Lutheran Church. Charles died in their home at the age of 82 on June 29, 1963. An obituary said that he was a "native of Pennsylvania [who] had lived here for 57 years" and that his survivors numbered 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. The remains were interred in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Huron County. Charles' ex Clara took back her maiden name. For three decades, she lived in Kutztown at 148 East Main Street. She did not remarry, and was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church congregation at Dryville. At her death on Oct. 6, 1946, she was survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Rev. Carlton Heckman preached her funeral sermon, with burial in the Dryville Christ Church cemetery.
Great-granddaughter Dorothy J. Frederick married Herbert Hinchman. They put down roots in Secane, Delaware County, PA.
Great-granddaughter Betty E. Frederick wedded Lee W. Trout. Their home in 1974 was in Kutztown.
Great-granddaughter Dorothy H. Merkel (1919-1995) was born in 1919. She married (?) Fenstermacher ( ? - ? ).
Great-granddaughter Ruth M. Merkel (1925-1998) was born in 1925. She wedded (?) Steely.
Great-granddaughter Virginia Leona Grego (1925-1995) was born in 1995. She was joined in marriage with (?) Hassler.
Great-grandson Charles F. Grego (1932-2005) was born in 1932.
Great-grandson Walter Eugene Frederick Jr. ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). On Oct. 5, 1963, he married Judith Kovach (Dec. 31, 1943-2019), daughter of Andrew G. and Mary (Miles) Kovach and stepdaughter of Winford Higgs of Mansfield, Richland County, OH. The Fredericks were parents of six -- Walter Eugene "Trace" Frederick III, Jacqueline Suarez, Denise Willett, Peter Frederick, Rebecca Munday and Angela Frederick. They moved frequently, from Mansfield to Lima, OH; Wexford (1974) and Malvern, PA; West Chester, OH; and Cary, NC (circa 1981) before moving to their final home in 1989 in Middlesex, NC. After raising their brood of offspring, Judith became employed by IBM and the John Morrell Companies, and then was named president of The Shutterworks Inc. in 1993, staying in this position and managing its finances until retirement in 2014. The Mansfield (OH) News-Journal once said that Judith "was an inspiration of love, patience, humor, strength and loyalty to all who knew her. She enjoyed bowling, photography, fishing, Bingo, reading, breakfast club with friends and especially traveling in the motor home throughout the United States." Sadly, Judith died in Middlesex on Dec. 11, 2019. An obituary and her photograph were printed in the News-Journal. Interment of the remains was in Middlesex. Note to the family -- the founder of this website and his brothers remember Trace as their neighbor and wiffle ball player in boyhood in Wexford.
Great-grandson Dr. Joseph Frederick wedded Kathy Long. They lived in New Rochester, OH and in 2001 in Pemberville, OH.
Great-grandson Michael Frederick was united in the bonds of marriage with Marge Biesiada. They have made a home in Parma, OH.
Great-grandson Robert Frederick was joined in marital union with Barbara Rhodes. The couple dwelled in Belmont, MA in 1981 and Brookfield, CT in 2001.
Great-granddaughter Mary Lucille Frederick (1937-2007) was born in 1937. She was joined in marriage with Frederick Eldred. They established a residence in Willard, OH.
Great-granddaughter Ann Frederick was united in holy wedlock with Thomas Herner. Circa 1981, they were in Norwalk, OH.
Great-granddaughter Patricia A. Frederick (1932-1996) was born on July 23, 1932 in Willard. She may not have married. On March 15, 1996, she died in Willard. She sleeps at the side of her parents in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Willard.
Daughter Agnes H. Frederick (1884-1959) was born on Jan. 16, 1884 in Richmond Township, Berks County. She never married. Agnes supported herself over the years as a dressmaker. She also taught other young women the art of her craft, including Ellen H. Ruppert circa 1912. After the untimely death of Agnes' sister Annie Ott in 1918, Agnes received a payment from the estate in the sum of $91.01. The federal census enumeration of 1930 shows her sharing a residence with her single sister Cora and married sisters and brothers in law Elsie and Samuel Krause and Katie and Charles Irvin Fenstermacher. She had no occupation in 1930. In about 1933, she relocated from Reading to Wyomissing, Berks County, where she and her unmarried sister Cora lived at 1268 Penn Avenue and spent the remaining years of her life. Circa 1935-1940, federal census records show that Agnes' married sister Eleanor Fenstermacher and Elsie Krause and their husbands and families also lived in the household. Agnes was diagnosed with cancer of her left chest in about 1956. She endured the illness for two years until death cut her away on Oct. 3, 1958, at the age of 74. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in New Jerusalem Cemetery.
Son Rev. David H. Frederick (1885-1957) was born on Sept. 30, 1885 in New Jerusalem in Rockland Township, Berks County. He was joined in marriage with Sarah G. Rhoads ( ? - ? ), daughter of Charles H. Rhoads. The couple bore one son, David H. Frederick. David pursued a career in Christian ministry and was ordained in Reading's Trinity Church on June 15, 1915. His first pastorate was at the Audenried-Beaver Meadows Parish of the Wilkes-Barre Conference of the Lutheran Church. Simultaneously, he also served as a supply pastor for St. Peter's Church in Sheppton, Schuylkill County. From there, Feb. 1, 1926, he was named to pastor the St. Stephen's Lutheran Church of Bethlehem, Northampton County, and he remained for good, spanning the years from 1926 to 1957. In 1926, he and Sara were plunged into mourning when her father, a well-known insurance broker in Reading, tried to dodge a trolley and was struck by a taxicab and died after seven weeks of suffering. David was active in the Wilkes Barre and Allentown Conferences of the Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania and in April 1937, at the organization's meeting at St. Jacob's Church in Jacksonville, Lehigh County, was re-elected secretary-treasurer, a role he held from 1932 to 1950. He also was statistician of the Wilkes-Barre Conference and treasurer of the Allentown Conference History Book Committee in 1927-1932. In the mid-1950s, they made a home at 1547 Center Street in Bethlehem. Stricken with cancer, he retired and then passed into eternity on Nov. 3, 1957. The story was headline news in the Allentown Morning Call, Hazleton Standard-Speaker, Pottsville Republican and Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. His remains were lowered into rest in Charles Evans Cemetery, following funeral services in his longtime church, co-officiated by Rev. Dr. Charles Cooper (Ministerium president) and Rev. Earl R. Kreidler. Six years after David's death, his photograph portrait was placed into the cornerstone of the new St. Stephen's church edifice.
Daughter Katie H. Frederick (1887-1973) was born on Sept. 28, 1887. At the passing of her sister Annie Ott in 1918, Katie received a payment from the estate in the amount of $91.02. She was united in matrimony with Charles Irvin Fenstermacher (Oct. 4, 1887-1981), son of John K. and Catherine (Bieber) Fenstermacher of Rockland Township. They were the parents of Eleanor Jane Fenstermacher, Wayne C. Fenstermacher and Mary L. Fuhrmann. In 1930-1940, the Fenstermachers shared a home with Katie's sisters Agnes, Cora and Elsie in Wyomissing, Berks County. Charles supported the family in 1930 as a carpenter/contractor and in 1940 as a "common carrier" for a hauling business in Wyomissing. Their later years were spent in Bayside and Little Neck, Queens County, NY. Sadly, at the age of 85, Katie succumbed on April 4, 1973. Her remains were transported to her home community to rest in the New Jerusalem Cemetery. Charles survived his wife by eight years. He returned to Reading and succumbed there at the age of 93 on June 17, 1981.
Daughter Cora H. Frederick (1889-1967) was born on Sept. 29, 1889. Evidence suggests that she was single for the duration of her entire life. She was age 29 at the time her married sister Annie Ott died in 1918, and received a bequest from the estate in the amount of $91.01. Federal census enumeration records show her in 1930 as working as a "seamer" in the Berkshire Mill and lived in Wyomissing, Berks County, with her unmarried sister Agnes and two other married sisters and their spouses lived at 1268 Penn Avenue. Cora earned a living in 1940 as a "seamer" for a hosiery mill in Wyomissing. In 1963, her residence was in New York City. She died on May 20, 1967. Her remains are in eternal repose in New Jerusalem Cemetery in Fleetwood, Berks County.
Daughter Elsie H. Frederick (1891-1975) was born in 1891. She received a bequest of $91.01 from the estate of her late sister Annie Ott circa 1919. In about 1924, at the age of 33, she was joined in holy wedlock with 38-year-old Samuel F. Krause (Nov. 25, 1886-1954), a native of Zieglerville, Montgomery County, PA, and the son of Noah W. and Sarah S. (Faust) Krause. News of their marriage license was published in the Reading Times. At the time, he was a resident of Perkiomenville, PA. During World War I, he had served as a wagoner with the U.S. Army's 33rd M.G. Battalion. The couple bore two known children -- Walter Elwood Krause and Patricia Ann Krause. During the years 1935-1940, the Krauses shared a home with Elsie's sisters Agnes, Cora and Katie in Wyomissing, Berks County. Samuel worked as a handyman for the Borough of Wyomissing circa 1940. They were members of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Samuel was gathered in by the Grim Reaper at the age of 67, in Wyomissing, on Nov. 12, 1954. Elsie lived for another 21 years, including in Wyomissing in 1957 and Reading in 1963. She passed away in 1975, at the age of about 83 or 84. Her remains rest in New Jerusalem Cemetery.
Daughter Annie M. Frederick (1894-1918) was born on May 20, 1894. At the age of 22, in 1916, she married Sylvanus H. Ott (Feb. 6, 1894-1918), son of Harvey and Elizabeth (Heckman) Ott. The couple did not reproduce. Sylvania was employed as a clerk with the Metropolitan Electric Company and was a member of the Knights of Malta. He and Annie belonged to the Hope Lutheran Church. Their address in 1918 was 205 Schuylkill Avenue in Reading. Sadly, at the age of about 24, she contracted typhoid fever and succumbed on Oct. 9, 1918. He only lived for another five days and, stricken at home with bronchial pneumonia, joined her in eternity on Oct. 14, 1918. In an obituary, the Reading Times said he was survived by his parents, brothers Titus Ott and Elmer Ott and sisters Elizabeth Ott, Eva Ott and Martha Cruthammer. They rest together in New Jerusalem Church Cemetery. David H. Frederick was named administrator of the estate, and in 1919 distributed cash to Annie's heirs and siblings Agnes H. Frederick, Katie H. Frederick, Cora H. Frederick and Elsie H. Frederick.